The Director for Event Management is charged with the planning and execution of all Gopher athletic events, NCAA and conference championship events, external outside rental events and major shows/sporting events. Collaborates with Twin Cities’ professional sport venues and Sports Commissions to host NCAA and Conference championship events. Examples of recent partnerships with location professional teams led by this position and hosted on campus include the NHL Stadium Series, the inaugural season in MLS for Minnesota United FC and the WNBA Play-Offs for the Minnesota Lynx. Upcoming NCAA Championship events hosted by the University of Minnesota include the 2018 Men’s and Women’s Frozen Fours, 2018 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship, 2018 Volleyball Championship, 2019 Men’s Final Four, 2020 Wrestling Championship. Assist in advancing the department's mission, vision, and strategic plan including its commitment to equity and diversity. The position serves as the primary liaison to campus support units working events. This position works in a collaborative team environment where action, honesty, humility and innovation are valued.
Detailed duties for this position include:
40%-Direct the day-to-day operations of the event management unit. Identify unit goals and initiatives. Provide oversight for unit budget preparation and reconciliation, develop event management manuals, assign staff, maintain athletic event schedules and establish game-day protocols to ensure compliance with department, University, Big Ten and NCAA rules and regulations.
20%-Manage full-time and part-time event management staff including four full-time and two interns and upwards of 150 part-time staff. Management includes goal setting, providing ongoing coaching and feedback and performance reviews.
15%-Serve as on-site manager for events and coordinate greeting teams and game officials, equipment set-up, event staff and crowd control supervision. Coordinate with other members of the Athletics department, campus community and local agencies that may be involved with the successful operation of the game or event and a post-event review and evaluation. Provide excellent customer service fans and guests.
15%-Provide oversight for all NCAA and conference championship events. Work with sport administrators to identify and complete bids for NCAA events. Serve as the director for select NCAA and conference championship events including developing bid proposals and budgets, directing planning and logistics for championship operation, providing on-site management of the championship and serve as the liaison with NCAA and conference staff.
10%-Assist in the recruitment of revenue generating events. Execute initiatives and special projects as directed.
Minimum of six years’ experience working with collegiate or professional sporting events.
Demonstrated ability to work with many different departments and outside parties in creating comprehensive and cohesive event experience.
Ability to make high level, independent decisions in pressure situations.
Ability to give direction to Athletic Department Senior Leadership. Knowledge of facility operations, public safety, client services, and sales and marketing philosophies and procedures.
Must be able to supervise staff and communicate directions and expectations effectively
Ability to communicate professionally with administrators, coaches, staff, visiting teams, patrons, and external constituents
Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects and deadlines
Demonstrated experience and/or commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, in support of an inclusive and welcoming environment.
Must be able to work nights, weekends, and some holidays frequently
Experience working with and leading NCAA and conference championship events
Gopher Athletics offers 25 NCAA sponsored Division I sports and participates in the Big Ten and WCHA conferences. This position works in a creative and collaborative team environment where change is embraced and innovation is encouraged.The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the acade...mic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail email@example.com or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).Background Check InformationAny offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.